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Water, Beaches Threatened by Toxic Spill

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by Dixon Law Office

On Tuesday, the EPA reported that the cancer causing chemical, chromium-6, was spilled by U.S. Steel into the Burns Waterway in Portage, IN, just 100 yards from Lake Michigan.  The spill has forced the shutdown of a drinking water intake along Lake Michigan and several nearby beaches as a precaution to protect the health of park visitors.  The EPA reports that low levels of the toxin were detected in a waterway that flows directly into Lake Michigan. U.S. Steel shut down all of its production processes at the Portage plant.

Chromium-6 is the same carcinogenic chemical that appeared in the 2000 biographical film, “Erin Brockovich,” and can cause reversible and irreversible skin lesions on direct contact, the nonprofit Save the Dunes said in a news release.

U.S. Steel said an equipment failure at its Midwest Plant in Portage resulted in a chemical leak into the waterway. They are working to make the necessary repairs.

Dixon Law Office founder, Grant Dixon, has experience with large companies and toxic chemical exposure.  He represented Amoco employees when they were exposed to cancer causing chemicals in their workplace and suffered illness and in some cases death.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or harm because of exposure to a toxin at home or in the workplace, Dixon Law Office can help.  We have over 25 years of experience helping people get the compensation they deserve when big companies fail to maintain their equipment or facilities.  Call us today at 888-354-9880 or go to

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